Of course, we chatted with Underground DIVA of the Week, Eternia. Here’s what she had to say.
HHD:What do you love most about hip hop?
E: I’m a born extrovert, I get my energy from being around tons of people. So I’d say that I love the global community aspect of Hip Hop. Like attracts like, and through this culture I’ve been blessed to meet amazing, inspiring, intelligent, spiritual, revolutionary, selfless, strong-minded, unique, beautiful people worldwide. The global Hip Hop community is a circle of friends, who open their homes and their lives to me. They keep me doing what I’m doing, and they keep me humble.
HHD: You have toured in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Where has your most memorable performance been and why?
E:I can’t rate ‘em, my ‘good show memories’ continue to rival each other! (*laughs*). But I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: the people of D.F., Mexico really touched me the most this past summer. That was a show of sincere heads, who lined up outside for hours, who stuck around, screamed at the top of their lungs, and didn’t move for over 2 hours of an electrical power outage during the middle of our show. If I was in the U.S. or Canada, people woulda complained and asked for their money back. But these cats were TROOPERS, and truly knew why they were there: to have fun & show love. Don’t believe me, watch the video: “QUILOMBO” ft. Bocafloja & the people of Mexico City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZOquG7fUIA I wanna go back there. I just FELT different there. They made me feel so alive and present on stage.
HHD: Can you describe the hip hop movement in Canada? We’re hearing a lot about artists there. What’s going on and what’s special about Canadian hip hop artists?
E:Canada is still younger than the U.S. when it comes to Hip Hop. Although we’ve been doin’ it since the 80s (YES, Maestro Fresh Wes! YES! Michee Mee!), certain infrastructures are just now being built that have been in the U.S. for years. For example, we have like 1 or 2 urban commercial radio stations… across the whole country! We have less people than the state of California in all of Canada, so you can imagine the Hip Hop scene is spread out and smaller. But, I think we breed some incredible talent. I think Canadians are, more often than not, very good at what they do, but not naturally as into self-promotion. We care more about the quality of our work, than the promotion of it. But we’re learning (*smiles*). I think there are so many amazing artists coming out of Toronto, it’d be tough to list them all without getting in trouble. But I know Rich Kidd’s been killing the game. Tona is killing it, so is Theology 3 and Shad and King Reign and Slakah the Beatchild and Ayah and Oh! and my sister, Jessica Kaya!(*smiles*). But unless you dig, you may get left in the dark. And trust me, you do NOT wanna get left in the dark when it comes to Canadian cats. There’s a reason why 9th Wonder recently called Toronto “The Hip Hop Capital of the World”
HHD:Tell us about your t-shirt design, “My Favorite Rapper Wears A Skirt”. What’s the inspiration behind it and its significance? How can we get one?
E: ‘My Fave Rapper…’ Tee was honestly born outta somebody actually saying that to me one day (shout out to Suave @ R&B Live!). So yah. He said it, I had the light bulb pop above my head, I asked him if I could use it as a T-shirt slogan, and the rest is history! (*laughs*). It grew a lot bigger than I could’ve predicted. I can’t really meet the demand for those Tees. I’m trying. Obviously, it symbolizes a lot more than just me as an emcee, it represents every dope emcee who happens to be female. It just is a slogan that gets people thinking about their own misconceptions, and I like that. Anything that challenges peoples’ ignorant stereotypes gets me excited, in general. Ha!
You can cop one online, here: http://www.theundergroundcomeup.com/2009/10/eternia.html
And I usually throw in a free digital copy of one of my albums 😀 Or you can get it from me directly, at my shows… if I have any left!
HHD: If you can put it into words, what is your lyrical and musical style?
E: Raw. Aggressive. Honest. Personal. Uplifting. Boom Bap. Good Rap Music.
That about sums it up (*grins*).
HHD: When people listen to your music what do you want them to walk away thinking, feeling, or saying?
E: I want to give people goosebumps.
I want them to be FEELING… anything! (sadness, anger, hype… just emotion!)
My definition of good music, across the board, is music that Makes you Feel.
So I want people to cry. Do whatever.
HHD: Who are your favorite rappers and why?
E:I dislike the idea of ‘top 10 lists’ or ‘favorites’…. I know I’m a weirdo. I just think we as humans have more diverse tastes and emotions than that. On a given day, our favorites can change. But I’ve been bumping that Blu & Exile “Below the Heavens” for awhile now, and it was definitely my favorite album the year it came out. I’ve always looked to Pharoahe Monch as an innovator in our genre. I always wanted to be as dope as him. (*laughs*). I ain’t there yet, but perhaps before I go…
But yah, to be honest, I have a long list… for different reasons, on different days, depending on what I’m feeling. Insert-Favorite-Rapper-Name-Here.
HHD: What led you to become a hip hop artist?
E:It just happened. It wasn’t a conscious ‘choice’. I have been rapping since around 8-years-old, when my brother brought home N.W.A. & 2 Live Crew & LL Cool J & more records…. It was just something I did. But I can say that moving out of the house at 15 really kinda… propelled me to take rappin’ serious, as a career. It was all I had in my life, at the time, that made me happy and kept me focused and outta trouble.
HHD: What current or upcoming projects do you want to tell us about?
E: Well, I just dropped “GET CAUGHT UP”, mixed by DJ Law, on Dec 15th. It’s the most sonically cohesive project I’ve released to date, it’s very… well you get to know my sound and who I am personally on this project. It’s available for free online, here: http://www.mediafire.com/?ekhyzymjmqz
And, of course, I’ve been promoting the hell outta this “AT LAST” album with MoSS. We should have some very good news about the release date and how this album is dropping, early 2010. Keep your ears and eyes tuned in for that. I’m really blessed.
That will be announced on my sites, so lock em in:
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
E:Hmm. I’ve never been asked that before!
I think Diva was first used to describe a woman of rare, outstanding talent in the world of opera.
So I guess a Hip Hop Diva would be: “a woman of rare, outstanding talent in the world of Hip Hop”